During an upcoming appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Selling Sunset star, 40, dished about buying herself a $3.3 million home in the Hollywood Hills after selling the giant sparkler she got from the This Is Us actor, 45, whom she was married to from 2017 to 2021.
“When sometimes life gives you lemons, sometimes you’ve gotta add a little vodka,” she told Kelly Clarkson about her split leading her to the recent purchase. “I was trying to, you know, make the best out of a situation.”
The Voice judge, 39, who recently went through a break up of her own with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock, noted, "I mean, what are you supposed to do, keep wearing it? I think that’s amazing. You did something good with the money.”
Stause has since found love — and heartbreak — following her divorce from Hartley, 45. The realtor has been linked to Dancing With the Stars alum Keo Motsepe, and most recently her boss Jason Oppenheim.
Both Stause and Clarkson bonded over having dealt with the end of serious relationships, especially through Clarkson's songs. “Your music has gotten me through many a breakup, so thank you for that. You’ve helped all of us,” the Netflix star gushed about the talk show host.
In her new book Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work, Stause opened up about the ups and downs of her past relationships and navigating them while in the public eye.
“I do think that this was just a cathartic situation because so much is said out there, on social media and in the news, and sometimes there’s not a lot of context,” she explained. “I am healed; there’s no anger there. So it’s nice to kind of give context and tell a story that I know a lot of people have related to.”
Even with life's hurdles, the actress has not given up on her dreams of happily ever after. "Despite the public breakups and divorce, she won't let that stop her from living her life and going after what she wants," an insider revealed of Stause, noting she entered 2022, "with a blank slate and a refreshed mindset."